News flash: Sun finally shines
Folks waking this morning to the sight of blue sky and shining sun may wonder, could today be the end of the rainy streak? According to Jerry Stenger in the state climatology office at UVA, probably not. There's been measurable precipitation for six consecutive days; more rain is called for today and tomorrow, with thunderstorms possible both days. If rain does continue to fall through Saturday, May 9, it'll be the first eight-day precipitation streak since one in December, which brought just over an inch of rain. This time around, we've already gotten over three inches. Eight-day streaks occur in two of every three years, according to Stenger, and don't come close to the record precipitation streak of 14 days in November, 1956.
The early May rainfall puts us two inches above average for the month-to-date, but, due to the dry winter, total rainfall for the year is still three inches below average.
Story last updated Friday, May 8 at 10:32am–ed.